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ES IT READ 1-43? at the date after your at the top of your pa- If it reads 1-43 your ription expires this i according to our rec- PROGRESS-REVIEW Volume 73 LA PORTE CITY, IOWA, THURSDAY AFTERNOON, JANUARY 7, 1943. . V. Kline Heads the County Board of Two Teachers And Director Are Elected School Board Fills Vacancies at Special Meet- Here Tuesday Eve- tracts were offered to two oachers, and a new member to the board, at a special g Tuesday night of the La City school board, red contracts to complete of teachers who have left ' m were Mrs. Maxinc _r Waterloo and Mrs. Nitt of Mason City. E. E. lin, president of the La Porte State bank, was elected to the unexpired two months of term of Mrs. Marvel Pearson, is leaving the community. rs. Hinkle, who was present 'V- meeting, was elected to second grade at a salary of per month. She will fill the c-i vacated by Mrs. Alvin r, who resigned and retired teaching in December, fol- - the death of Mr. Weller airplane crash in Hawaii. Hinkle, whose husband en- the army in December, is a ate of Iowa State Teachers e in 1939, and taught at sburg two years and Stan_ year. Mrs. McNili, a widow with four ildren, the oldest of whom is to ter the army this winter, has en substituting as a science 1 er in the Mason City high 1. She is a graduate of Iowa college at Ames, and will the science classes formerly ed by Lee Snell, who re- last fall to enter the navy. i _ j t jj e p os ition in a . vorsation, and ex- e here this week end the contract and to rent e ur apartment for her She will receive $140 per c board,, reaffirming a policy refusing releases to teachers o wish to leave in mid--year for er teaching positions, declined release Karlena Thoma from contract as mathematics er. The refusal will have no _.ical effect in this case, as s Thoma has accepted a teach- position outside of Iowa, and a informed the board that under e circumstances she would be reed, regretfully, to break _ her ntract. Under Iowa law, a teach- breaking a contract cannot be 1 by other Iowa schools for a _ of years, but this penalty not apply to teachers who e to other states. replacement for Miss Thoma, , u will finish the semester here xt week, has not yet been se- red. It is hoped, however, that new mathematics teacher can secured within a short time. The board appropriated $30 for uliaae of a reconditioned piano auditorium, upon of Arnold Woes- the school ommendation off, school music director. plication for admission to the grade of a five year old for- c Vinton boy was refused on ground that although the boy attended kindergarten in ton, he had not completed the f semester of first grade and would not be in a posi- o go on with 'the second ae- LETTERS From Men in Service North Africa Dec. 1, 1942 Dearest Mother and Daddy, No doubt by this time you have received my cablegram saying I am well and safe in North Africa. I am very happy to be able to say that I am still well and safe, but much to my regret I have been to a very great extent unable to write to you. I know without doubt that the absence of my letters now and then has worried you a great deal and I hope this one will reach you in record time. My private opinion at the moment, is that as time goes on, and we have been here for some time, our mail system will be organized so that our mail will go and come nearly as quickly as before. At any rate I will do all I can and write to you every time the opportunity occurs for sending it out. I have today off and have been doing a few of my "overdue" jobs. I have just finished my noon meal and am waiting for my laundry to boil, I am having quite a time here in this country, and encountering great many strange, but interesting experiences, you probably remember how it was always one of my childhood ambitions to see Africa. Well, here I am, although not exactly in the region which interested me most. I won't attempt to tell you all about my travels now for that is largely prohibited, and will make an interesting story when I return home. As you probably recalled long before you received this letter, I have just finished two years of service in the army, it has been two mighty full years, and I believe that I will again be on home soil, and the war will be over by the time my 3 year enlistment is up. I have been very busy working at my line of work and ii. KVXIIS as if I am almost snowed under most of the time. One of my buddies just took my picture, so if I ever get it developed, I'll send you one. I am terribly sorry I couldn't send you a remembrance of some sort for Christmas, but you will get a nice fat letter sooner or later any how. Now please don't worry, keep your chin up and your soldier boy will be home before you know it. Well, no news that I can write, so will close, tell all my friends and relatives hello for me. Goodbye for for now and chins up. Your loving soit, Oren (St. Sgt. Oren C. Hoyt) El Paso, Texas January 2, 1943 ter work, egular monthly meeting of school board will · be held srday evening, January 14. inning Firm to itertain Farmers ight hundred farmers of Ben- and Black Hawk counties will guests of the Iowa Canning pany at a series of entertain- A ~ next week, it was announced. The local entertainment will be eld January 15, starting with a inner at the Presbyterian church t iioon, followed by a show at e Mais theatre. "There will be no business "nsacted at this" meeting; it will purely entertainment^" com- nted A. H. Brewer, local mnn- ;r for the company. bert Powers *~ in Africa and Mrs. Frank Powers re-- a letter from their son Ro- saying that be had arrived in North Africa after spend- Dear Editor: Wish to write you in regard to a change in my address. I recently was detached to this Veterinary Technical School at El Paso. I've received your paper now for nearly two years and have never really sit down and thanked you. I do really appreciate it very much. This school I am in gives UE more detailed instructions of our work altho I have been doing the actual thing over at Camp Bowie for well over a year. I'm merely detached here for three months and' year. I'll return back to ray detachment in Bowie--at least I hope. We're in the middle of the Rio Grande Valley and what I've seen of it is very beautiful. Big air basa and also the mountains are I was transferred here Christmas off the U. S. S.- beforc Your paper would certainly give me much pleasure as I'll be here for several days or weeks yet and that would give me something tc read as I lay here dojng nothing at all. I must close now as iff nearly time for chow. FLOYD EDSILL Dear Mom, November 22 Dad and All: If you were all here today, the weather would be just right for one of those 'everybody bring some fried chicken and let's eat" days out under the apple trees in the back yard. It gets pretty warm here in the day time -- bul as soon as the sun goes down, we drag out our overcoats and woolen gloves to keep warm. I'm sitting here in my tenl again -- just finished a letter to Emma in which I told her all about going tb a native market day yesterday which was held a short way from our camp site. I took two of my men and walked over with the intention of buying only some oranges -- but I wound up with several things which I'll bring home as souvenirs. It was really a sight to sec -- all these natives in their picturesque clothing, long rows of tents with wares disolayed in front -- an outside arena for butchering right before the buyers eyes. I xvalked among donkeys, sheep, chickens, camels, horses, burrows -- almost every kind of conveyance imaginable. Big mounds of tree ripened oranges, dates, carrots, cauliflower, a variety of egg plant, loaves of bread, some long and slender, some round and thick, some like 12 inch donuts. The barbers had set up tents and were busy shaving heads -- no lather. The "druggists" were busy mixing various compounds of na- tnj.il ^ h progress, chimed ri", . »n auction was in a native swing band like a snake-charmers nightmare, one native was cooking and selling hot fried cakes which needed sugar to make them palatable. We bargained for our oranges and got 1 1 A kilograms for (Continued on Page Two) Taxes Down 10 Per Cent · La Porte City's Total Levy About $4,000 Under Last Year Taxpayers of La Porte City and the surrounding rural territory will pay lower property taxes this year, according to the final tabulation of 1943 levies announced last week end by the county auditor. For La Porte City, the levy will be $33,971.88 on real estate and $1,314.60 on moneys and credits, compared with $37,406.77 and $1,334.45 respectively last right on the edge. Old Mexico is right across the river from El Paso. We're allowed to go over and return any time with our Class A passes. I'm too new here to say much about it except that all our money must be changed into $2 bills or silver. Why it is is a new one on me. Mrs. Christopher is in Brownwood but will be with me soon. Again I'm thanking you for the paper- Weldon Christopher Pfc. George W. Christopher Co. C, Upper 19 SMTD--WBGH El Paso, Texas- Dear Folks, Jan. 2, 1943 Well, here I am again writing to all you folks at good old La Porte City. I suppose the "big city" is pretty dead sight right now since all the boya are gone. I'll certainly be glad -when this wars over and all of us fellows are back home again like we used to be. I've certainly missed the paper but I've transferred so much it's · ^ -- * **·»»* A T^ VAMIJ0ACAAC.U av UAUWU »v 4 lour months in England. Ro-Jhard to keep sending it all over "s a private first class in thc the country. I hope it won't be corps. The letter was written asking too much to have yon send ~~ 24 and arrived here on it to me again. Right now I'm on l the hospital «bJp, U. S. S. . For Big Creek township the levy is $18,624.19 and ?152.7B for 1943. In 1942 it was ?19,3C4.86 and $166.20. For Cedar township: $21,200.65 and $109.85 for 1943, ?21,557.4G and $155.46 for 1942. For Eagle township: $24,678.24 and $21.60 in 1943, ?27,113.68 and $22.80 for 1942. For Spring Creek township: $18,871.88 and $220.00 for 1943, $19,079.06 and $192.00 for 1942, For the county as a whole, thc total reduction in taxes to be levied is about 8 per cent. In La Porte City it is a little more than 10 per cent. Absence of a state property tax levy and a cut in Waterloo city taxes accounts for most of tht county reduction. In La Porte City, however, school taxes were dropped sharply, in contrast to most districts in the county, where increases were general, and the school saving reflects n substantial portion of the cut in total taxes collected. Christopher Buys Blanchaine Home Dr. and Mrs. W. F. Christopher have bought the Blanchaine property on Chestnut street and will take possession in March. Dr. Christopher will continue to have his office at the present location until he can remove the barn on hia new property and build an cf flee f" garage combined, Plan Farm Mobilization Day, Jan. 12 0 Farmers to Join in Nationwide Observance of Wartime Food Production Program Farm men and women in Black Hawk county will join with farm families all over the nation in observing Farm Mobilization Day on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Farm families will meet in every township Tuesday night to talk over their plans as to how better to do the job of producing the increased amounts of food which are demanded of farm people to f u r - nish the food requirements necessary. Following up the proclamation by President Roosevelt in regard to Farm Mobilization Day, plans call for farm people to meet together on January 12, in order to better plan as to how these new goals for 1943 may be reached. With 25% of our food produced this year already allocated to our allies in lend-lease agreements, 10% of that produced to be needed for our soldiers, the absolute necessity for the greatest production possible is apparent. At the meetings Tuesday night a summary will be made of the situation as to the present time and then suggestions will be given MEETING PLACES Farm Mobilization meeting places in the southeast part of Black Hawk county will be: Big Creek--La Porte City school auditorium. Cedar--Washburn school. Eagle--E a g l e C e n t e r school. Fox and Spring Creek-Jubilee school. Poyner--Raymond school. OFFICIAL Black Hawk County, and La Porte City NEWSPAPER = · Number 1 sors Mrs. L. C. McGill Hurt in Accident Mrs. L. C. McGill is confined to her bed, suffering from a wrenched back and shock which she received in an auto accident last Sunday when Mr. and Mrs. McGill, accompanied by Jnnine and Bill Pearson, were taking Norma to catch a train to return to her college work at Ames. The accident happened two mjlcs west of the junction on highway 218 between here and Vinton, when the ca r struck some ice and headed for the ditch, turning completely over with the wheels in the air. Mrs. McGill was the only one injured. I Two Local Officers Get Promotions Promotions of La Porto City boys in the anned services continue to be reported week after week. It was revealed hero this week that Russell Moore, sou of Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Moore, tv,\s boon promoted to a first lieutenant and is now stationed at -A nmlical corps depot in Texas. First Lieut. Roy Wagner Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wagner Sr. of this city, has been appointed to command of a company of reguln r army infantrymen in Alaska, and is believed in line for promotion to captain. Progress-Review Is Now An Official Newspaper Selection Approved Last Implement Dealers Saturday by C o u n t y Lay p lang f o r Board of Supervisors Wartime Service by various persons as to how best in their opinions the goals may be reached. When it is realized that between one-quarter and one-fifth of the hogs in the United States are produced in Iowa, the minimum goal of 115% of the 1942 production of hogs is of vital importance to Black Hawk county farm families. This, with the remand for other types of food produced, makes a well- balanced farm pi eduction of vital importance. Every farm family in Black Hawk county is expected to attend the meeting in their township next Tuesday night, Jan. 12. The loyalty of farm families will be 1 shown by whether or not they are in attendance and try to plan together with their neighbors for this biggest job has ever been given to farm families. Everything olse should be side-tracked next Tuesday night so that all the efforts of people everywhere can be concentrated OR darm mobilization plans. The Progress-Review this xveek Black Hawk County recently celebrates thc beginning of its launched a full-scale Farm M:i seventy-third year by returning chinory Preparedness pni:ram un to its status as an official Black der which the goal is, to have ev Hawk county newspaper. cry machine on every farm in t h e The appointment of the Prog- count y m li P- Lo l' sll: 'I" before rcss-Revicw as one of four K P nn B work starts, Atlcn.ling the official county papers was made organizational meeting, held at by the county board of super- thc Farm Bureau office in Wa- visors at their annual reorganize t-crloo, were farmers, implement tion meeting last Saturday. Other dealers, vocational agriculture appointments went to the Water- teachers, general repair men, and loo Daily Courier, the Waterloo thc chairman of thc county war Press and the Cedar Falls Daily board. County Extension Director Record. Paul Barger was in charge. Publication of thc 1943 board Tnc machinery men, agreeing proceedings will begin in a week lnat farmers, should be recognized or two, when thc county auditor's jn some manner for their cfforts- office starts mailing out minutes m getting machines into the best of the meetings to the newspa-' possible condition, adopted a plan j whereby a "Blue Tag" will be I awarded to farmers for each ma chine that has been put into t i p - · lop working order. Tlic.so U|?^ may | be obtained from implement deal j crs, vocational agriculture teachers, general repair men, or from thc County Extension Director's office. pcrs. Mrs. Mary Frost Dies Was Born in Township in March of 1864 Mrs. Mary E. Frost died at St. Francis hospital in Waterloo at Cedar When all machines on a farm ' have qualified for a. Blue Tag, a Victory gatepost placard will be awarded and tho fanner's nann 1 entered on the County Mat'hinci\\ Preparedness Honor Hull. The program set up in Black Draft Call Is Delayed - A _ .. Cedar Falls Contingent Not to Leave for Two More Weeks The January draft quota for the Black Hawk rural board,' which had been expected to leave this week end, has been postponed until two weeks from now, it '.vas announced today. The January call was for little more than half of thc number called from each of the Waterloo boards, reflecting the loss to the rural board through elimination of of farm boys from the eligible registrants. A February call has already been received, and is reportedly even smaller than the January one, but it is thought possible that additional calls for February will be made to supply navy and marine corps requirements. Baby Pictures Are Coming Soon A letter this week from Young Bros, studio in Estherville, which contracted in November to supply us with cuts of the picture* of (he 40 or more babies photograp.i- cd by them here that month, says: "We have had difficulty in getting the cuts made, but they are in the making and you should have them within a week. We wish to thank you for your patience ·nd co-operation-" 2:25 p. m. Monday, January 4. She Was taken there last Saturday. Mrs. Frost had suffered from heart trouble and complications for the past two years, but i twas only the last few weeks that she was not able to care for herself in her home. As Mary E, Flaherty, she was born March 26, 1864, thc daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mathias Flaherty in Ccda r township. She married Frank Frost at Eagle Center on April 10, 1895, and they farmed in Cedar township until they retired to La Porte City 20 years ago. Mr. Frost died in 1932. Mrs. Frost is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Susan Grumman ° * » w | A W 1 V J I V * . * V 1 V * J W | J * ' · · · · - " of St. Louis, Mo.; one son, Ncalc,i ^ ncc(Js LQ bfi donc in Honolulu, and one sister, Mrs. Among those from thc south Ellen Kcegan of La Porte City.| cagt portion of lhis counly who Also surviving are thc following! attcndc(J or wcrc rcprc .scntcd at half-sisters and brothers: Mrs.j t h c mecting wcrc th c Most Im- Stacja Marshall of La Porte City,| lcment c o m p a n y Keith Graven- Mrs. Alice Gill near La Porte d..y,| horst nm] L H S m j t h of r^ PorU , Lenora and Gencvieve Flaherty o l j c i j p Fisch( . ls O r Gilbcrtville Chicago, Mrs. Josephine Dean, nnd Wm W( . i(|en of Washburn. Mathias and Thomas Flaherty of vocational agriculture teachers Waterloo, Edward Flaherty o f E l - . . . Is Chairman Second Time In 13 Years La Porte City Board Veteran Considered One of Ablest Members of the Group Clarence V. Kline, veteran La Porte City member of the Black Ilir.vk county board of supervisors, elected board chairman for 3 at the reorganization meet- j it'g meeting of the board Saturday. The election was by a six to one vote, Kline voting for Frank Beck, Waterloo. There hnd been some expectation thnt the chairmanship would go this, year to Frank Beck, who switched from the Democratic to the Republican party a few weeks ago and preserved the four to three Republican majority on the board de.spite replacement of \VMtcr Bell, Eagle Center Republican, by Stanley Taylor, Hudson Democrat, at the last election. Choice of Beck failed to obtain majority approval at pre- irig canvassing, however, and a decision was reached to elect Kline instead. A member of the board since 1930, Kline represents Big Creek. Spring Creek and Cedar townships. He served a term as board chairman in ]!)33, and is generally considered in court house circles .'s one of the ablest and most in- r'uential members of the board. He was re-nominated without opposition in 1912. Reflecting the continuance of Republican control of the board, :iml pei haps the lack of application.', for court house jobs, the board rcappointed almost the enl i i e court house staff to serve through this year. Action on wages and salaries will be taken lit next Monday's meeting, with little possibility of increases for any employes except those still at January 1911 levels, because of the recent wage and salary freezing edict. Employes may not be j raised more than 15 per cent above tlio pay they received a year ago. Hawk county is part of a s t a l e wide and nation-wide program to cope with the seriousness of the machinery situation now P.u'in^ the farmer. Practically no nc-\s farm machinery will lie a v a i l a b l e in Iowa in 1943, and not even as many repairs have been allot ted for next year as there weiv for 1942. The organizers believe that one way to lighten the farm labor shortage is to have every piece of farm machinery in the county in good working order before tb" busy season starts next .spring. This will at least eliminate, the delay and lost time often encountered in getting a machine ready for the field just when everything mo, ID., and Rev. Maurice Flaherty in Mexico. The body was taken to thc Ashley and Waldroff funeral home, and funeral services were held on Thursday morning at 9:30 o'clock in Sacred Heart chuch, with burial at the Eagle Center cemetery. Rev. Ronan Folcy officiated in a solemn requiem mass. Caskctbearers wcrc Pat O'Brien, George Cook, William Schmidt, John Kaufman, Guy Eastman and John Gill. Bank Nears Million Mark Assets of Local Bank Nearly Quadrupled in Recent Years Q£ thc c o u n L win also a3S j s t , v ith Says 1943 AAA Safe ^ _ L o c a l Committecman Says Appropriation Made Last Year for '43 Nothing can be done in congress this year which would voic' thc 1943 Triple A program, Roy Hawkins, township committceman, said this week, commenting on published reports that an attempt would be made in congress to abolish the soil conservation and farm benefit programs this year "The appropriations for thc 1943 program were made last year," Mr. Hawkins explained, 'and the program will be carried out with these appropriations. Farmers signing to participate in the program this winter may be assured that they will get their payments as usual next fall." If the Triple A program were abolished, Mr. Hawkins declared, the program would be affected starting in 1944, He expressed tutlon" now holds assets valued doubt, however, that congress in ciceas of $990,000. i would make such a move. ! Grandson of Local Resident Is Dead The ten months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Wnrrcn of Waterloo, who js a grandson of Mrs. Xi'lson Osbornc, of La Porte City, iliVil at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday in the Presbyterian hospital of a bron- eliial ailment. lie was born in Waterloo February 'M, HM2, iiml is survived by his parents and by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Warren and Mrs. Ossborn. The body was taken to thc Kearns Garden chapel Shafers Sell Home And Lease Farm Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Shafcr have sold their residence on Locust street to Mr. and Mrs. Jake Selk, who live south of town. Thc Selks will take possession in February and thc Shafers wjll move to the Selk farm, which they have rented for two years. The La Porte City State bank has almost reached the million dollar mark in assets, the financial statement of thc institution published this week reveals. Having only about a quarter of a million dollar in assets when control of the bank changed hands two or three years ago, the insti- Two Weisert Boys Receive Promotions Henry Weisert Sr. received word that a corporal's rating in thc medical corps hns been given to his on Ray, and 11 sergeant's rating in thc signul corps to Donald. LONG-TIME SERVICE The Saturday before Christmas this year van thc 24th time that J. W. Gcthmann of Gladbrook had gladdened young and old of that jommunity by playing the role of Santa Clous, After the children wcrc given an opportunity to visit with him on Alain street, Santa Claus visited all thc shut-ins and presented gifts donated by the ,usincs3 men. PAPERS DELIVERED The LcMars Globe-Post reported two of their carrier boys used their skates in delivering papers following a recent storm that covered thc entire ground with ice. The Globe-Post photographer the next morning noticed tbat the boys r r d skated along the sidewalks, turning in at each house to de- the papers. TWO CELEBRATIONS Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Herrick of Wapello were married on Christmas day, 1917. On the date of their 25th wedding anniversary, December 25, 1942, their son, David Edwin, was married to Airnabelle Huddle. INEWSPAPERif INEWSPAPERif

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